Sunday, March 9th, 2014 09:12 pm
We had really nice weather this weekend, so my mom and I went looking for a few more ancestors' graves. We came up empty on Saturday, realizing too late that we were going to need to call the nearby church for directions instead of relying on Internet maps for such a poorly settled area. But afterward, when I was looking through some of my mom's notes and cross-referencing them with findagrave.com, I realized that an even older ancestor, who fought in the Revolutionary War, was buried not 15 minutes from my house. So we visited him today.
We've been talking a lot about what we want done after we die. My mom wants a place near her family, but not necessarily right next to them, and she wants a bench-shaped marker. She's okay with having a closed casket service since my sister and I are both creeped out by viewings, but she doesn't want to be cremated. I told her about having my ashes blasted into space, and she didn't know that was a thing people did. I do realize the value of having a marker, though, even if it doesn't accompany my actual bones - just something to say where and when I lived and died, for future generations to visit. Hopefully I won't need it any time soon.
My foot is still bothering me, mostly in the mornings, but I bought new sneakers on Friday and those are helping a lot. I guess I just needed some effective support. With new sneakers and warmer weather on the way, I'm hoping to be able to start walking in the mornings. I'm still in pretty good shape, but I think the best thing I can do for my feet in the long term is to get my weight back down to where it was a few years ago, before I hurt my back.
One of Robby's coworkers was selling a barely used iPad 4, so I had him buy it for the kids. I haven't set it up for them yet, though. It's already upgraded to iOS 7 so I don't know if I'll be able to restore the backup of their current iPad onto it successfully, or if we'll have to start fresh. Also, it's only 16 GB, so not everything will fit.
I have an appointment tomorrow morning to get my car checked out ahead of driving it to Florida in a couple of weeks. I also promised to stop by Heather's house on my way home and walk her dog, since she's at Gulf Wars. Other than that, I don't have much on my schedule this week and should be able to get my taxes finished.